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|Cesare Borgia|| as played by Francois Arnaud|
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"By night I am who I wish to be,
by day I am thus [a cleric]"
| Forced into the priesthood against his will by his father, Cesare is in reality violent, dashing and cavalier. He serves as his father's Consigliore and carries out the most heinous crimes to advance the family's cause. While devoted to his sister and mother, he is locked in a bitter rivalry with his brother Juan, whom he believes to be his father's favorite. *Source Showtime|
The series character explores the historical Cesare's known aversion to the cloth. He becomes the first ever cardinal to resign his office. Throughout episodes 1 and 2 of the series premiere, Cesare entreats his father to release him from his vows.By his early twenties, Cesare Borgia was considered to be a serial murderer by his enemies.
He was the model for Niccolò Machiavelli's chapter on the "Prowess of a Statesman" in his book The Prince. Cesare Borgia is Machiavelli’s primary example of a prince who has great prowess, as displayed by his efforts to secure his state quickly after he was put in power.
| Family Members |
Rodrigo Borgia - Father
Lucrezia Borgia - Sister
Juan and Joffre Borgia - Brothers
Vanozza dei Cattanei - Mother
Sancia of Aragon (wife of brother Joffre)
Fiammetta de Michelis (Roman courtesan)
Possibly, Dorotea Malatesta Caracciolo
(who he was accused of abducting)
Micheletto Corella, henchman and assassin
Niccolò Machiavelli, author and political philosopher
Louis XII, King of France
Various states of Italy during his father's pontificate
Eventually Cesare had no allies, and went to fight for the Kingdom of Navarre
Charlotte of Albret relative of King Louis XII of France
Implicated in the murder of brother Juan
Lucrezia's second husband Alfonso, Duke of Bisceglie was strangled by Michelotto on the orders of Cesare
Giulio Cesare Varano and his three sons
Olivertto da Fermo (condottiero under Cesare)
Vitellozzo Vitelli (condottiero under Cesare)
The Orsini, Malatesta, Sforza, Montefeltro, Bentivoglio, and Baglioni families, Spain
Rebel condottieri who plotted against him.
Giovanni Sforza, Lord of Pesaro
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